Monday, April 03, 2006

FCC Release Data on Internet Broadband

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264738A1.doc

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RELEASES DATA ON
HIGH-SPEED SERVICES FOR INTERNET ACCESS

High-Speed Connections to the Internet Increased from
37.9 Million to 42.9 Million Lines in the First Half
of 2005

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) today released new data on high-speed
connections to the Internet in the United States.
Twice a year, facilities-based broadband providers
report the number of high-speed connections in service
pursuant to the FCC’s local telephone competition and
broadband data gathering program (FCC Form 477).
Statistics released today reflect data as of June 30,
2005.

All facilities-based providers of high-speed
connections to end users were required to report to
the Commission basic information about their service
offerings and types of customers as of June 30, 2005.
Previously, providers with fewer than 250 high-speed
connections in service in a particular state were not
required to report data for that state. More than
twice as many holding companies and unaffiliated
entities reported information about high-speed
connections as of June 30, 2005 as had reported six
months earlier.

For reporting purposes, high-speed lines are
connections that deliver services at speeds exceeding
200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one
direction, while advanced services lines are
connections that deliver services at speeds exceeding
200 kbps in both directions. The June 30, 2005 data
provide more information about the “speeds” of
advanced services lines and finer distinctions among
technologies than previously reported. They also
enable, for the first time in this data collection,
estimation of the extent to which high-speed Digital
Subscriber Line (DSL) connections are available to
households residing in the areas served by incumbent
local exchange carriers (ILECs) and the extent to
which high-speed cable modem service is available to
households residing in the areas served by cable TV
systems.

1) Advanced Services Lines

· Advanced services lines, which deliver
services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in both
directions, increased by 31% during the first half of
2005, from 28.9 million to 37.7 million, compared to a
23% increase, from 23.5 million to 28.9 million lines,
during the second half of 2004. For the full twelve
month period ending June 30, 2005, advanced services
lines increased 60% (or 14.2 million lines).

· Of the 37.7 million advanced services lines
reported as of June 30, 2005, 61.8% were at least 2.5
mbps in the faster direction and 38.2% were slower
than 2.5 mbps in the faster direction.

· Of the 37.7 million advanced services
lines, 34.3 million served primarily residential end
users. Cable modem service represented 64.9% of these
lines while 33.9% were asymmetric DSL (ADSL)
connections, 0.5% were symmetric DSL (SDSL) or
traditional wireline connections, 0.2% were fiber
connections to the end user premises, and 0.5% used
other types of technology including satellite,
terrestrial fixed or mobile wireless (on a licensed or
unlicensed basis), and electric power line.

2) High-Speed Lines

· High-speed lines, which encompass advanced
services lines and also lines that deliver services at
speeds exceeding 200 kbps in one, but not both,
directions, increased by 13% during the first half of
2005, from 37.9 million to 42.9 million lines in
service, compared to a 17% increase, from 32.5 million
to 37.9 million lines, during the second half of 2004.
For the full twelve month period ending June 30,
2005, high-speed lines increased by 32% (or 10.4
million lines).

· Of the 42.9 million total high-speed lines
reported as of June 30, 2005, 38.5 million served
primarily residential end users. Cable modem service
represented 61.0% of these lines while 37.2% were ADSL
connections, 0.4% were SDSL or traditional wireline
connections, 0.2% were fiber connections to the end
user premises, and 1.1% used other types of technology
including satellite, terrestrial fixed or mobile
wireless (on a licensed or unlicensed basis), and
electric power line.

3) Geographic Coverage

· As a nationwide average, we estimate that
high-speed DSL connections were available to 76% of
the households to whom ILECs could provide local
telephone service as of June 30, 2005, and that
high-speed cable modem service was available to 91% of
the households to whom cable system operators could
provide cable TV service.

· Providers list the Zip Codes in which they
have at least one high-speed connection in service to
an end user, and 98% of Zip Codes were on the list of
at least one provider. Our analysis indicates that
more than 99% of the nation’s population lives in
those Zip Codes. The most widely reported
technologies by this measure were satellite (with at
least some presence reported in 86% of Zip Codes),
ADSL (in 78% of Zip Codes), and cable modem (in 62% of
Zip Codes). ADSL and/or cable modem connections were
reported to be present in 85% of Zip Codes.

The summary statistics released today also
include state-by-state information, and population
density and household income information ranked by Zip
Codes. As additional information becomes available,
it will be posted on the Commission’s Internet site.

The report is available for reference in the FCC’s
Reference Information Center, Courtyard Level, 445
12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. Copies may be
purchased by calling Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at
(800) 378-3160. The report can also be downloaded
from the Wireline Competition Bureau Statistical
Reports Internet site at www.fcc.gov/wcb/stats.

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